After several years of putting most of the multifamily mortgages they bought in their portfolios, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are preparing to rev up securitization of such loans.

For lenders that do business with the government-sponsored enterprises, this shift in funding strategy will affect the types of mortgages that can be offered to apartment landlords. Securitization requires more standardized loan structures, forcing borrowers to give up customized terms, though in exchange they can get lower rates than those available from portfolio lenders.

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